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April 2020
AZ Humanities Happenings
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April is here and so are we. It has been sunny and warm, and everything is blooming. We hope that you are spending some time in your garden,  or listening to music, or reading a good book. If you suddenly find that you have more time on your hands than you did before...well, maybe a little more time is a gift. We are spending time learning how to deliver the humanities to you virtually. So don't be surprised in the future if you are able to curl up with a "good poet," listen to a children's book, or tour a museum online. In the meantime, if you can...spend a little time just doing nothing.

-Brenda Thomson, Executive Director
A Time To Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

-Robert Frost

Revised Voices and Votes Tour Schedule

The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is affecting us all in many different ways. We appreciate the complexity of its impact, and Arizona Humanities respects the need to prioritize public health, safety and welfare.
For this reason we have postponed the opening of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America to allow more time for public health circumstances to improve. The opening is now scheduled for June 20, 2020 in Prescott. Please note further schedule revisions below.

New Schedule
  • Prescott Public Library June 20, 2020 - July 26, 2020
  • Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu City Campus - August 8, 2020 - September 20, 2020
  • Tubac Center of the Arts - October 3, 2020 - November 15, 2020 
  • Arizona Capitol Museum - November 28, 2020 - January 10, 2021 
  • Camp Verde Community Library - January 16, 2021 - February 28, 2021
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Interested in Applying for a Project Grant? Submit Your Intent to Apply by May 1

Do you have an idea for a humanities project in Arizona? 

Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation. All organizations must submit an Intent to Apply by Friday, May 1 in order to submit a full application. 

The Intent to Apply must be submitted through the online Grants and Programs Dashboard. 

Interested in Learning More?
CLICK HERE to view our project grants webinar.
More Humanities Programs from our Friends and Affiliates
Phoenix Poetry Series is Online!

Join us every Friday in April from 7-9 pm for the virtual return of Phoenix Poetry Series, featuring readings by poetry/literary arts organizations and small presses from across the valley!
Friday April 3 @7-9 pm
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU
  • Phoenix Community Poetry Workshop
  • Open Mic
Friday April 10 @7-9 pm
  • Poets and Muses Podcast
  • Arizona State Poetry Society
  • rinky dink press
  • JAZZmeetsPOETRY (reading series)
Friday April 17 @ 7-9 pm
  • Arizona Masters of Poetry (2020 youth poetry festival winners)
  • little somethings press
  • The Revolution (Relaunch) (feminist press)
Friday April 24 @ 7-9 pm
  • Arizona Masters of Poetry (2020 coaches)
  • AZ Free Arts (teaching artists)
    • Sean Avery
    • Erin Kong
    • Garrett Pauli
    • Helena Silva-Nichols
    • Anna Flores
  • Creative Youth of Arizona & the Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate program
    • Heather Jensen
    • Sareya Taylor
    • Julie Dawkins
    • Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay
  • Iron City Magazine
PPS Policies
  1. All open-mic poems should be less than 3 minutes
  2. All feature readers will have 7 minutes max
  3. Mute yourself if someone is reading and you're making noise
  4. Funny is good; sad is normal; compassion and respect for others is required
  5. We reserve the right to remove people from the zoom room for disruptive behavior

Phoenix Public Library Goes Digital

With students at home during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health emergency, there are many free resources from the city of Phoenix for the whole family to use:

Phoenix Public Library: Check out Tumble Books which are talking picture books, Storytime Online features children's authors and celebrities reading to kids and Kanopy Kids streams child-friendly videos and movies. To use all of the Phoenix Public Library's free online resources, you only need a library card. To get started, visit

PHXTV Classroom: Digital stream of educational TV programming for kids. Each day a different variety of topics will air including stories about history, science and nature. Watch new content daily 9-11 am, with repeats 11 am - 1pm. Watch online at or on PHXTV Cox 11 or Centurylink 8005. And to access all of PHXTV's shows, programming and features, visit
Looking for Something to Watch while you're Social Distancing?

Ken Burns has made his Baseball series available to watch for free at

PBS also just announced that its local stations across the country will begin broadcasting The Roosevelts: An Intimate History beginning Thursday nights starting March 26th, scheduled to air into June. This will be followed by broadcasts of The National Parks: America's Best Idea starting June 11th to July 9th, and The War beginning July 23rd to September 4th. Check your local listings for more information.
Additionally, you can stream Burns' work with a membership to  PBS Passport   when you support your local public broadcasting affiliate with a small annual donation.

Amazon Prime members have free access to several Ken Burns series at
EVENT UPDATE: Literary Southwest April 17 Event with Bestselling Author/Journalist Rebecca Skloot Moved Online
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and campus closure,The Literary Southwest and Yavapai College are moving the Literary Southwest event with author Rebecca Skloot to an online format. Skloot, who wrote the mega-bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will appear live via YouTube on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Skloot's book was chosen as the first Yavapai College "Rider Reads" selection, and her reading will be the first Literary Southwest event ever to be offered online. A reading and open conversation with Skloot will be included in the free live-stream presentation .
Here is the YouTube direct link to access the event at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17:
The event also can be found online at: 
Please check the Yavapai College/Literary Southwest website for further details.
Upcoming Grants and Awards Deadlines
2020 Hiett Prize Applications NOW OPEN

Deadline: Friday May 1, 2020

The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award of $50,000 aimed at identifying candidates in the early stages of a career devoted to the humanities whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.


1. Letter of Recommendation/Nomination (from an individual with a well-established career in the humanities)
2. Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum)
3. Narrative Profile of Accomplishments and Published Work (no length requirement. published works are not required)
4. Plan for Future Scholarship and/or Projects in the Humanities (no length requirement)
5. Applicant must reside in the United States


Thank you to our March Donors

Judy Ankenbrandt
Barbara Apfel
James Blasingame*
Julie Codell*
Becky & Kevin Day
Karl Kendall*
Eve Krahe*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Kari Paulson*
Eshé Pickett*
Sally Shackelford
Nancy Vaughan
Emerson Yearwood*
American Online Giving Foundation, Inc.
ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote the understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.

Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.
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